Saturday, December 29, 2012

Get Beautiful, Shiny Hair!

Hi girlies!  Today's post is going to be super quick yet very informative.  Sometimes in the winter months, hair can become dull and lose it's shine.  A quick and simple way to restore the shine is before getting out of the shower while the conditioner is still in your hair, turn the faucet to cold and then rinse out the conditioner in the cold.  Although it may be uncomfortable (cold showers in the winter?!), it's worth it, I swear!  By blasting your hair with cold water while the conditioner is still in, it seals your hair follicles and locks in the moisture from the conditioner.  Once your hair dries, you will notice a difference in shine as well as texture; your hair will be much silkier.

That's all for today!  I hope all of your holidays were relaxing, healthy, and fun.  Also, New Years is coming up!  Comment down below if you've already made your resolutions!

xoxo Francesca

Saturday, December 15, 2012

November Favorites!

Hey girlies! I cannot believe that November is almost over! Honestly, to me it seems like August was just last week. Today it's sunny out and freezing, so I figured it would be the perfect day to post my November Favorites... let's get started!
                     
Beauty Favorites


To start of my favorites, I would have to start off with my Maybelline Dream Touch Lumi Concealer. I realize i was late on the bandwagon with this product, but long story short, I ran out of my Laura Mercier concealer, Sephora is at the far mall (and I did not want to buy the concealer with out getting bonus points), and I was at Target! I heard many great reviews on this concealer so I figured I would try it out. Does it give amazing coverage? No, but I think it does great for only being $7.

Secondly, I have been absolutely in love with my 'Covergirl Eye Enhancers' Eyeshadow in Tapestry Taupe. I think it is a stunning color, and it would look great against any skin tone/eye color. I got this shadow a while back (which explains the outdated packaging) but for only being a few dollars at the drugstore it is totally worth it! It is a soft, shimmery tan with darker hints of taupe as opposed to a dark shadow with light hints. It is super wearable and pigmented! This is a product I definitely recommend.

The last makeup product I have been loving is my L'Oreal HIP Jelly Balm. As some of you know, these have been discontinued but you can find them occasionally at Target, and you can purchase them online! I purchased mine a while ago, but I have honestly fell in love with this lipgloss! I have mine in 'Succulent-520' which is a gorgeous rosey/berry color. They smell like vanilla and go on sheer so you can build up the pigmentation. If you are able to pick up one, definitely grab it! They are so worth it!

Scarves have been my life savers on days when I am running late and need a cute outfit! They are so universal and you can wear them with literally anything. They completely transform your plain t-shirt and pair of jeans into a fashionable outfit! Now that the weather is colder, I am able to wear my faux Burberry one that I am in love with. I really like how this one is white with tan, black, and red lines because it is different from what you usually see! I purchased this one in NYC. :)

Non-Beauty Favorites

Ok, I may have a tiny obsession with The Hills. I am being completely honest when I tell you that currently the only show on my DVR is The Hills. I absolutely love LC and everyone else on the show! I got Audrey and another friend hooked on it and we have been re-watching the series starting from season one!


One of my favorite songs of the month of course tie in with The Hills ;). "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield is an amazing song and I think it is super catchy... let's face it Audrey and I may have a jam sesh here and there rocking out to this song! But honestly, who doesn't love this song?! It is absolutely amazing and the fact that it was the theme song for The Hills makes it 10000000x better! The second song that I have been absolutely in love with would have to be the deconstructed version of "Die Young" by Ke$ha. Audrey showed me this song a few weeks ago and I fell in love! You can really hear her actual voice and none of the fake auto-tune. Lastly, the "RED" album by Taylor Swift has been my favorite for all of November. I honestly cannot pick out one song that I dislike! Some of my favorites have been "22", "Starlight", and "Everything has Changed"! I also love Ed Sheeran, so that song was definitely a win-win for me!

Candles. I just love candles. My favorite winter candles are from Bath & Body Works in the scents 'Vanilla Snowflake' and 'Twisted Peppermint'. I am actually obsessed with both of these scents and one of them are always burning in my room at all times!

The next favorite I have is gum. I know random, right?? Well every time I am in target I always pick up a pack of the Shaun White Mintacular gum.... it is easily my favorite gum and I always have a pack with me at all times :)

The last non-beauty favorite I have it my winter mug! Every year at Target I try to get myself a new wintery/Christmasy mug to drink my tea, coffee, and hot chocolate! This one might be one of my favorite mugs ever! I love how its a wider cup and shorter... it's just something different! Also the horizontal stripes are perfection. You guys know I love anything with stripes!

Well that concludes my November favorites! I am seriously so sorry for slacking, but with all of the homework and tests my teachers are trying to get us to finish before the break is insane! I pinky promise I will be so much better with posting! Thanks for staying with us lovies <3 Don't forget, stay classy! xoxo

-Landon

Friday, December 14, 2012

My deepest condolences to everyone affected by the Newtown tragedy.  No family should ever have to go through something as terrible as this.  The innocent children and adults who lost their lives today are in all of America’s hearts.  To all those affected by this unspeakable tragedy on this solemn day, our thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

To spend or not to spend; that is the question.

Hi girls!  Remember me?  So sorry for not posting for so long.  I have been extremely stressed out lately with school, dance, and babysitting and I haven't had any free time.  Thank you for understanding and I appreciate every single one of you for sticking with us!  Now, on to this post...

Many products in the beauty community gain so much hype that it's impossible not to want to go out and try them for yourself, no matter what the price tag!  However, some of these products, while amazing, have almost identical drugstore dupes that can save you so much money.

The first product that gets extremely hyped up is the Urban Decay Primer Potion.  While this is one of my makeup staples, if you're eyelids aren't CRAZY oily like mine, you shouldn't need to shell out $20 for something you can get for $1!  If you have normal eyelids that aren't as oily as mine, I suggest you skip the UDPP and head over to Target to get yourself the $1 Elf Eyelid Primer.  Even with my eyelids, this doesn't crease on me for a few hours, but if you have normal eyelids, this should last you the whole day.




The next product is the MAC Paint Pots.  All of the beauty gurus online have been raving about them and decided I had to have one myself!  Well, I wish I hadn't given in so quickly.  Maybelline released a line of Color Tattoos a while back which are honestly 10x better than MAC Paint Pots.  It's much more creamy and actually lasts without a primer, unlike my Paint Pot.  And for almost $10 less, why wouldn't you go with the drugstore version?



The next product you can skip is the Balm's Sexy Mama Face Powder.  Don't get me wrong, this is one of my favorite face powders and I finished up my entire product!  However, I decided to try out Rimmel Stay Matte's powder when I ran out of the Balm's Sexy Mama to save myself $19.  It was shocking to see how amazing the Rimmel powder is.  It was just as oil-absorbing as my Balm powder.  The only negative with this is that the packaging is quite cheap, but for price and quality, it's packaging can easily be overlooked.




The last dupe is benefit's They're Real! Mascara.  This mascara is fantastic and I find myself reaching for it very often, I have no regrets buying it.  However, is it really worth $23?  Instead, you can save around $15 by buying Maybelline's Falsies mascara.  It does an even better job of holding a curl and lengthening and separating my lashes than benefit.  Falsies is one of my favorite mascaras and I recommend it over benefit's They're Real.




Well, that's it for my money-saving post.  I hope you try out some of these products and save a few dollars!  Have a great day!

xoxo Francesca

Friday, November 23, 2012

October Favorites

Well hello there ladies!
It's scary to read October favorites as a title when October seems like it happened ages ago. It's embarrassing that I am posting this late, but with school work and 2 shows that I'm in the middle of, I've barely even had time to sleep! But since we have a few days off for the holiday I figured it would be better to post this really late rather than not at all. So on with the October favorites! 


This month was a very special month for me because it was my birthday! I had a party with some of my closest friends and family and it was by far the most amazing day of my entire life. And all of your favorite sparkly little secret members were right there along side me too! I seriously have some of the most amazing friends, they made me feel so beautiful and happy on that night and having them there really made me realize how awesome of a life I have. And the gifts these people got me were absolutely INSANE. They were way too generous and amazing, especially ones from the SLS crew. You guys spoiled me that's for sure! A lot of the gifts I received I have been using non stop this month so they will definitely be included in my favorites post. 


Makeup:

I went a little makeup crazy during the past month you guys. I got a lot of makeup as gifts, but also had a little too much fun online at Sephora and spent a way too much money. But all of these things have been on my list for a while now I promise it wasn't one giant 'in the moment' splurge.

One thing I have really been loving lately is lipstick. I can't seem to get enough. My new favorites for this month have been Nars Beautiful Liar, YSL Volupté sheer candy in number 4, Mac's Lustre lipstick in Viva Glam 5 and my favorite of them all, Kate Spade's Supercalifragilipsitck in the color Pop Art Pink, which was a gift from Audrey.(pictured above, swatched on the right in the same order). All of these colors are very unique, and very wearable. The YSL and the Kate Spade lipsticks are more vibrant and are great if you want to add a pop of color to your look. The other two are great for everyday wear, and I can't wait to get more use out of them all as the year progresses!

My next 2 favorites are something that I have been using constantly for the past 3 months. That is the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and the secret concealer. I swear to you the secret concealer is my new holy grail concealer. It completely covers my dark circles under my eyes and any correction spots I need to hide on my face. And the tinted moisturizer has just the right amount of color and weight to it. It gives the color payoff of a foundation while still being light and easily applicable. I wear this everyday and I already need to get a new concealer! I go through it so quickly. I recommend these 2 face products to EVERYONE because it really makes my face look more flawless then it actually is...and who doesn't want to look flawless? ;) 

For eyes I have been loving the Nars soft touch shadow pencil in Goddess and the Mac fabulousness holiday palette. The Nars pencil was part of my gift that Francesca gave me for my birthday! She knows me so well <3 I love using the shadow pencil as a base for the colors in the mac palette. 


First of all...how exciting is it that for Mac's holiday collection they created numerous beautiful palettes? I started freaking out. The colors in this specific palette are absolutely BEAUTIFUL and they make my eyes look really blue! From left to right the colors are called blonde mink, magical mist, burn, enviable, and smut. Blonde Mink, Magical Mist, and Enviable are all shimmery and I am absolutely in love with this palette. Its a limited edition holiday palette so grab it while you still can! 


My favorite scent this month has been the Prada Candy perfume. It literally smells like heaven and I have already used so much of it. I may be asking for another one for Christmas. It's my go to scent for any season (I have been looking at the perfume for a while) and I feel like it isn't too heavy to wear in the summer or too light for the winter. It's a little on the pricey side, but well worth the cost because both the scent and the bottle are beautiful!





These BCBG bracelets have been all the rage in my town and I can't seem to get enough of them! They're so fun to layer and the inspirational words on them just make me smile <3 They range anywhere from $12-$18 so they're fun and affordable and a great way to add a little color to your outfit.






Another favorite I have been having this month are these gorgeous Steve madden flats. I know they aren't everybody's cup of tea, but I think they're a fun, BRIGHT (to say the least) pop of color to add to any outfit. Wow I have been saying that so much in this post....I really like adding pops of color to outfits because in the fall not many people are wearing bright neon shirts or dresses its more natural colors with subtle hints of color here and there. That's why I love fall, because it allows you to experiment with different pops of color. These shoes will honestly match anything you decide to wear because...well...it has every color in the rainbow in it! 

Non-beauty favorites:

Tangled has been my favorite movie since it came out and I constantly watch it whenever I'm sick or feeling down. I know it's silly that I love a little kids movie, but any Disney movie is automatically a classic....and I love Rapunzel because her songs are just amazing. This movie makes me cry every time I watch it!


Another thing that I had constantly been reaching for in October was the Special K chocolate pretzel bars. They taste AMAZING and the little pretzel bites made it taste like you were actually eating chocolate covered pretzels (which are my personally favorite). And for 90 calories a bar, you can afford eating more then one a day ;) I know that's what I did!





I hope you all enjoyed my october favorites and again I apologize for me not posting in such a long time. My fall play at my school is happening next week and after that I'll be doing CAMP ROCK the musical in a nearby town theater. Once those shows end I will have MUCH more time to post more secrets for you all. In fact, stay tuned later this week for some great holiday gifts to give your friends or stocking stuffers for your family! Thanks for reading and I will talk to you all soon!

xoxo~
Kristin

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hey pretty ladies! We all want to wish you a very happy holiday! School has been insanely stressful over the past few weeks, which explains why we have been MIA lately. After the holidays we will be back better than ever to share some awesome sparkly little secrets with you all! We are so thankful for each and everyone of you that comes to read our blog posts and comments on our posts. Love you guys to the moon and back! :) We hope you are able to spend time with all of your family and friends today, and really enjoy the day! Eat an extra piece of pie for us :)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

With lots of love,
Francesca, Landon, Audrey, and Kristin

Friday, October 19, 2012

September Favorites!

Hey girls! I want to start off this post by saying I am SO sorry for not posting in a while, AND that this is so late, I've been really stressed with school work, dance and other activities that this blog has been the last thing on my mind. That makes me so sad because I really do enjoy writing these posts as free time and every time I thought about it, it was just another task for me to do. BUT, I barely have any homework tonight so I am so so ready to write this lovely post!

September has seriously flown right by, I feel like it just started! It's my favorite month of the whole year because it's still warm, but cool at the same time, Fall weather is my absolute favorite! Also, September is my Birthday month- why wouldn't that be a reason for it to be a good month!

Beauty/Fashion Favorites
The first thing I've been loving lately is my watch! I only got it for my birthday-which is toward the end of the month-but I am so in love with it! It's the Michael Kors Mini Blair watch in Rose Gold. I've wanted one for so long and I am so happy about this you don't even know! I know you can't always pair it with every outfit, but that's okay with me. I want to wear it a lot, but not too often that it becomes boring.


Okay the next thing you might not understand, but you will soon. It's a Miranda Sings T-shirt that Kristin gave me for my birthday! We love watching Miranda Sings, she is HILARIOUS. I'll write some more about her later in this post.
 
 
I have also been loving my Benefit They're Real Mascara, which Francesca gave to me for my birthday! I have been wanting to try this for a whole and almost purchased it at Ulta a few weeks ago-good thing I didn't! It makes my lashes super long and voluminous and I adore the way it glides on to my lashes.
 
 
This month I have been using my Nars blush in Deep Throat almost every day. It's a beautiful shimmery peach color and is perfect for everyday. It gives me just enough color, but not too over the top. It is a very summery color so I'm trying to squeeze out the last few times I can use it!
 
 
I also wanted to include my bag that I use for school, we are allowed to carry tote bags or backpacks with our books and the one I got this year is so perfect. It's the Kate Spade Daycation Bon Shopper in Paint Blocks and it fits everything I need without being too big or bulky-I love it!
 
 
Non Beauty Favorites
 
 
The first thing I must talk about is candy corn! This is my absolute favorite candy and for some reason I can only eat it in the Fall. I know this is going to make me sound like a pig but I've already gone through 2 bags of it since mid September. The one that's my favorite is by Brach's, all the other ones are too waxy to me, but I found a recipe to make it so I might try that!
 
 
The things I have been drinking all month are seltzer and water! I've always liked seltzer but lately, I'm drinking it a lot more when I want some bubbles (I've been trying to stay away from junk food and soda just to stay healthier). But everyday I bring a water bottle and usually buy another at lunch time, then I drink it at home too! My favorite kind of seltzer by the way is the Vintage Lemon Lime, Raspberry or Raspberry Lime-so good!
 
 

My favorite show has been Abby and Brittany! It's on TLC and it follows conjoined twin girls Abby and Brittany Hensel as they graduate college and pursue a career in teaching. It just ended but I hope the next season will be aired soon! It's so inspiring to me that they are so physically different from everyone else, but in every other way they're 2 normal 22 year old girls! They don't let anything stop them and try to accomplish anything they want. You can check some episodes out here.
 
 And lastly, my favorite songs of the month! I am a huge fan of Ke$ha and after I saw her in concert last year I felt like she dropped off the face of the Earth! But she's back with her new song Die Young! It has a great beat and catchy lyrics-I love it! My other favorite song has been Light Up The Sky by Duncan, my dance teacher put this on in class one day during warm ups and I've been listening to it non stop! It's super catchy and just a fun song to listen to!
 



I hope you enjoyed my September Favorites and stay post for a new post real soon-I promise!
 
Xoxo
Audrey :)

"One of the best parts of growing up is finding the freedom to model yourself on what feels the most true rather than mirror what’s around you." -Lauren Conrad
 





2012 Fall Trends

Hi girls!  Today's post is all about upcoming fall trends that you can incorporate into your fashion and makeup.

During fall, earthy tones are a must.  Neon and bright colors are out for this season.  Stripes are also very popular for fall.  Another huge trend that I have been loving is denim!  I absolutely love wearing a jean shirt with a pair of jeggings and boots.






Put your flip flops away and break out your boots!  Brown leather (or faux leather) are all the trend.  Walking down the hall at school, I notice that almost every girl has a pair on!
For accessories, gold is huge this month!  Bracelets, purses, or rings, gold is the color.  My favorite way to wear this trend is by wearing long, gold necklaces like this one.
Don't be turned off by the name!  Oxblood is a beautiful red color that everyone has on their nails.  I recently painted my nails in a perfect oxblood color for Kristin's Sweet 16!  This is 'Mocks' by Essie.  Another popular oxblood color that has a bit more purple tones in it is 'Bahama Mama' by Essie.
Gold is not just for jewelery!  Incorporating gold into your makeup routine can make your eyes look brighter and more awake.  My favorite gold eye products are All That Glitters Eyeshadow and Pure Show Superslick Liquid Liner by MAC.  Copper is also great for fall, whether you pair them with gold or wear them on their own!  I love my Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze and Laura Mercier Eyeliner in Copper.
For lips, berry tones are all the trend.  I love layering my Korres Lip Butter in Raspberry over top of my Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop.

That's all for now!  Tweet us a pic if you try out any of these trends.  Also leave a comment below with any feedback or requests!


xoxo Francesca


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fall Shoe Staples

Hello everyone, and happy fall! Fall is easily my favorite season, I love the weather, the smell, the fashion and most importantly Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. As mentioned, fall fashion is my favorite fashion ever.  Because of my little obsession, I wanted to share with y'all my top four fall shoe selections! From casual to dressy, I am basically living in these shoes everyday in the autumn. 

First shoe staple would have to be riding boots! I absolutely love the elegance of these boots. They are extremely practical, you can wear them with a pair of skinny jeans and your favorite crewneck sweatshirt, or a pair of black jeggings, button up shirt and some pearls! The pair of riding boots I own were made by Audrey Brookes, and I purchased them at DSW last year for about $150. Riding boots can get pricey, but for a super cute pair of boots that are all leather is totally worth every penny!

The next pair of shoes I wear all the time would be my Uggs. I have them in the 'Classic Tall' style in gray. I think every girl has a pair of shoes like these! They are super comfortable, and you can throw them on with anything and it will look perfectly fine! Uggs can be found at Nordstrom, Zappos, and most likely, any local shoe store!

The next pair/style of shoes I will be talking about will be ballet flats! I think these are super cute and you can put these on with jeans, a skirt, or a dress.... definitely a multi-purpose shoe! I recently got a new pair of flats from Lucky Brand Jeans, and they are a raspberry-colored leather pair. I am so excited to wear these in the fall with a pair of skinny jeans and an oversized oxford top. I think flats are perfect for fall because the weather is still fluctuating a bit, and you don't want to show up to school one day in Uggs, and the next day in sandals. I purchased my pair at Nordstrom's at the end of August, but I'm sure they have similar styles (or maybe the same shoe!!)

The last pair of shoes I will be talking about will be rain boots. I love rain boots. End of story. I absolutely love the look of rain boots and I always jump on the chance to wear them! I have a pair of the Hunter rain boots in the classic style. They were my moms (she purchased them on Zappos.com) but they were too small, but the perfect size for me! They are in a eggplant purple color, and they go with practically everything! I have more of a preppier style, and one of my favorite outfits is a pair of darkwash skinny jeans, my rain boots, and a striped navy blue sweater with a bigger statement gold ring! I feel like I'm walking out in Nantucket :).

So there you have it, my fall shoe staples! I literally wear these shoes everyday in the fall, and you can wear them with any outfit. What are your fall shoe staples? Leave them in the comments below or tweet them to us @SparklySecret. Don't forget, stay classy everyone!

-Landon

*****I want to make a huuuuuuuuge apology for the lack of posts! I have been really busy with schoolwork (lame excuse, I know) and I have started dance again, so I am at the studio 3+ days a week! Please forgive me :) Love you ladies! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Benefit Store Tour!

Hello everyone!  Wow I can't believe how long it's been.  I am so sorry for not posting in so long, I've been under a lot of stress with dance starting up again and school. 

So for this post, I wanted to tell you girls about a recent discovery of mine; benefit freestanding stores!  I was on vacation and we came across a benefit store down town and it was AMAZING!  The women working there were so helpful and not pushy at all. 

I walked out with only a few samples, but my mom got the One Hot Minute Bronzer and Porefessional Primer.  They give you the cutest little bags that look like purses!  Also, the woman helping us gave both me and my mom samples of the Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW foundation.  It's a huge sample and it will last me forever.  I've been wearing it everyday (I'm thinking about doing a review, let me know if you'd like to see that!).  I also got a sample of the Stay Don't Stray eyeshadow primer but I used all of it up!

Anyway, if you'd like to find a store near you, click here!  If there's one close to you, I definitely recommend checking it out.  I've really been on a benefit kick lately and I would say that it is my favorite brand.  I've included some pictures below of the amazing store for you guys to see.  Also let me know if you'd like to see a benefit collection/overview of my products!  Thank you all for being so patient with us and we will try to post more often!

xoxo Francesca :)



Monday, September 17, 2012

What's in my School Makeup Bag

Hi Ladies! Long time, no post!


So today I thought I would show you all what necessities I keep in my makeup bag for school. In my town specifically, the weather seems to change daily during the fall season. One day you're in shorts and a tank top sweating profusely and the next day you're in a sweater wishing you were curled up in a ball in bed. Our school is also very awkwardly heated so some rooms are much hotter then others. Keeping makeup easily accessible in my backpack gives the the opportunity to do little touch ups throughout the day to make sure I'm looking and feeling my best. 


The first thing I have is a mini bottle of lotion. I always make sure I have lotion with me because I get dry spots on my face and specifically around my nose that get really flakey in the fall, so when I get the chance to put a little lotion on it to sooth it i do. I sometimes get the chance when Im changing for gym :) 


The next thing I like to keep with me at all times is at least one concealer and a powder. When it's hot in school, I sometimes get a little sweaty or shiny and my makeup starts to fall apart by the end of the day. If I notice that I have a blemish that popped up or I'm starting to look a little shiny I can fix that real quick and not feel self conscious.


For lips I always have a few chapsticks and lip glosses that are thrown around in my bag because you never know when you're gonna need them. ;) Lip products are my favorite! Also if I plan on wearing a certain lipstick that morning I would throw it in my makeup bag to do touch ups as I see needed.


Another thing that I ALWAYS have in my bag is a mini mascara. Mascara is one thing that I cannot live without, I wear it everyday and I think its a good thing to keep in your bag in case you are going out after school and need a little extra something to look more put together. My favorite is the Benefit They're Real Mascara. It's amazing! I think even one extra coat of mascara can make any girls eyes POP!




Other things that I like keep in my makeup bag for school is a mirror *for obvious reasons :)*, oil absorbing sheets, tissues, a nail file and hair ties. This makeup bag also kind of works as a mini emergency kit as I just tend to throw anything I think I might need into it. I like to be prepared for the worst. :)

I hope you guys enjoyed this little show and tell and let me know in the comments below what kind of things you guys like to keep in YOUR makeup bags for school. :) Have a great day!

xoxo, 
Kristin